The celebration continues - Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Join in on the fun!

September 14, 2011

The 80th anniversary celebration continues Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at 3 p.m. with a very special lecture by Dr. Fred Roper, distinguished dean emeritus of the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science and SILS distinguished alumnus.

Dr. Fred Roper "On the shoulders of giants: How SILS achieved the national championship in Library and Information Science," is the title of his presentation. Also on the agenda are words from Mary Boone, NC Librarian and Rep. Alice Bordsen, NC State representative, and musical entertainment by the Loreleis, a UNC a cappella all female group. Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends will gather at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center Ballroom for the annual Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture.  A reception to celebrate the kick-off will follow the formal presentation for this event that is free and open to the public. Reserve your space by sending e-mail to or by calling 919-962-8366.

Saturday, Sept. 24th, a series of activities are planned throughout the day - including a leisurely architectural walking tour of UNC led by Associate University Librarian Will Owen; poster sessions on current research; a special SILS exhibit at Wilson Library; bookreading, storytelling with Dr. Brian Sturm, SILS associate professor; crafts for the kids; a SILS historical PowerPoint presentation; and information sessions on SILS programs. The schedule for the day is:

  9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    Exhibits at Wilson Library, "UNC School of Information and Library    
                                  Science: 80 years of building our information future" and "Meaningful 
                                  Marks: Image and Text and the History of the Book" 

  9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.    SILS Historical PowerPoint Presentation (Manning Hall Room 208)
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   Architectural walking tour of UNC led by Associate University Librarian Will Owen
11:30 a.m. to noon       Storytelling with Dr. Brian Sturm, SILS Associate Professor - SILS Library
noon to 12:30 p.m.       Crafts for the kids - SILS Library
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.     Break
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.            SILS Book Group - This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and 
                                   Cybrarians Can Save Us All
by Marilyn Johnson - SILS Library

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.            Info. Sessions of SILS programs (BSIS, MSIS, MSLS, Ph.D.) Lobby of Manning Hall and Manning Hall Room 209
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.       Research Highlights - Manning Hall 307
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Reception - Manning Hall Lobby

Linda Sue ParksSunday, Sept. 25th at 2 p.m. the Susan Steinfirst Memorial Lecture in Children's Literature will be held. The guest speaker is Linda Sue Park, Korean-American author of picture books and novels for children. This final event of the kick-off celebration will be held at Gerrard Hall. Park is an award-winning author who has published works such as, The Firekeeper's Son, Seesaw Girl, The Kite Fighters, Yum! Yuck! and her most recent book, A Long Walk to Water. The free lecture will include remarks by university and state officials with a reception and book signing taking place immediately following the lecture in the Campus YMCA, which is located next door to Gerrard Hall. Please RSVP by sending e-mail to or by calling 919-962-8366.


80th logoThe anniversary committee is planning a series of events that will take place throughout the anniversary year with a grand finale that can't be missed. Be sure to visit the SILS Web site often at for new details on speakers and events, and learn more about the very special Information Professionals 2050 (IP2050) Symposium that will be held late spring of 2012.

While on campus for the SILS 80th anniversary kick-off events, you may also wish to a lecture hosted by UNC Libraries titled, "Pictures, Books, and Science: From Description to Diagram in the Circle of Galileo," presented by David Freedberg, Columbia University, is also planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22nd, with a reception at 5 p.m. in the Wilson Library.

For more information, please contact us at: 919.962.8366

Make sure you’re part of this once in a lifetime celebration.  Come home to Chapel Hill this September!


The 80th Anniversary Planning Committee 

  • Sarah Snow, co-chair, information management consultant 
  • Fred Roper, co-chair, distinguished dean emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science 
  • Dean Edmonds, grandson of Louis Round Wilson (SILS founder)
  • Duncan Smith, NoveList Product manager, EBSCO Publishing 
  • Amanda Foster, president of ILSSA
  • Joanne Gard Marshall, SILS alumni distinguished professor
  • Rebecca Vargha, SILS librarian
  • David Woodbury, president of SILS Alumni Association

Ex Officio Members

  • Stephanie Cole, SILS director of Development
  • Gary Marchionini, SILS dean and Cary C. Boshamer distinguished professor
  • Wanda Monroe, SILS director of Communications  

About the Lucile Henderson Lecture

The Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture Series was established in 1990 to honor the memory of Lucile K. Henderson, SILS faculty member (1932-1960) and dean (1954-1960). As an excellent teacher, administrator, counselor and adviser, Henderson made many contributions to the University and to the profession. She died in 1990 at the age of 95.

About the Susan Steinfirst Memorial Lecture in Children's Literature

The Susan Steinfirst Memorial Lecture in Children’s Literature honors the memory of Susan Steinfirst, a professor of children’s and young adult literature at SILS from 1976 to 1996. She dedicated her life to the promotion of children’s literature by teaching future librarians and by publishing scholarly works in the field.

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